I am seeking His kingdom

The Task of Seeking

Truly I say to you whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 18:18

His kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven . . .

What does it mean to be seeking His kingdom? How do I seek that which I cannot see? Pursue that which I cannot understand?

I watch. I listen. Jesus taught many things. He taught about love, about forgiveness, and relationship. But he spent a lot of time teaching about His kingdom. And He left instructions . . . keys of sorts to what His will is.

Not a screen play for my life–(insert here a booming Charlton Heston voice) “and in 1999 Jennifer Jerome will marry Anthony Rodewald . . .” Maybe those details are written in His book–probably–but He didn’t leave that one open for me.

What he did leave, however, is beneficial for life and godliness. He left the example of His earthly life recorded in the gospels. He left some specific instructions–“believe in the Son and be saved,” “love The Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength,” and “seek first the kingdom of God.”

What about the common living? Those details of our lives that make up our days? How do we seek His kingdom in the ordinary business of life?

Here are some rapid-fire nuggets gleaned from Matthew 18-19:

Love the young believers, guide them in truth and do not hinder their walk with Jesus.

Seek the lost as though they were a precious treasure, because they are.

Reconcile to one another, apologize when you’ve caused an offense, and forgive when you have been offended.

Remain true to your vows, and hold others’ vows as sacred as well. Honor your commitments, even when it is not easy.

Love the children and show them Jesus.

Put your stuff in its proper place. It won’t make it to the kingdom, so treasure the things that will.

A weighty list. One, I think, that will give me plenty to seek after on a day to day basis. But most importantly, one that will keep my focus ever on the task He left: to seek His kingdom first.

I am God's Daughter

Our Father . . .

“Pray, then, in this way: “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.” ~Matt. 6:9, NASB

I call my dad ‘dad.’ Not ‘Greg.’ Not ‘Mr.’ Not even ‘sir,’ (but that may be because we didn’t grow up military). He’s my dad—and that name designates a special relationship between us. It means that we are related—that he has claimed me as his child. It means that I can approach him with questions and needs and joys and sorrows in a way that I can’t or don’t approach anyone else. No one can replace him, and I won’t ever call anyone else ‘dad.’

Isn’t it interesting that when Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, he began with the following: ‘Our Father . . .”? Of all the titles that could rightfully be assigned to God – ‘Master,’ ‘Creator,’ ‘King’ –Jesus instructed us to use ‘Father.’ So revealing, isn’t it? When the writer of Hebrews penned the words “let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace,” I can’t help but wonder if part of his mind reflected on Christ’s lesson in prayer. Jesus says with the opening of the Lord’s Prayer, “you have a Father. He loves you. He knows you. And He is good. Approach Him—with honor, yes—but with the knowledge that He has claimed you as His child. So address Him as your Father.”

What an amazing privilege! I can go before the God of the Universe and call Him ‘Father.’ He has bestowed upon me that right because He made me His child.